19 Sep
Houthi Rebels Shell Yemen’s State-Run TV Channel Building

 Photo credit: BBC News Armed Houthi rebels overwhelmed the army on the outskirts of Sanaa and pushed into the capital yesterday, ending a brief ceasefire agreement. The Shi’ite fighters met almost no resistance from government soldiers ...

19 Sep
Tunisia: Ben Jaafar Announces Presidential Bid, Continues to Serve in NCA; WB Publishes Report on Tunisia

Photo Credit: World Bank Mustapha Ben Jaafar, the president of the NCA had promised felt that he could not take the risk of creating a void.” Meanwhile, the International Republican Institute and the National Democratic Institute issued a ...

18 Sep
Maryam al-Khawaja Released from Prison, Will Stand Trial in High Criminal Court

 Photo credit: Huffington Post Prominent human rights activist Maryam al-Khawaja has been released from jail, though she is banned from leaving the country and still faces charges. She is set to stand trial on October 1 in Bahrain’s High Criminal Court on ...

18 Sep
POMED Notes: “U.S. Counterterrorism Assistance: Challenges and Opportunities from Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa”

On Tuesday, September 16, the Center for International Policy (CIP) and the Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED) held a briefing titled “U.S. Counterterrorism Assistance: Challenges and Opportunities from Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa.” The panel included Adam Isaacson, Senior Associate for Regional Security Policy at the Washington Office on Latin America; Dr. Dafna Rand, Deputy Director of Studies at the Center for a New American Security; and ...

18 Sep
POMED Notes: “Iran and Its Neighbors”

On Wednesday, September 17 2014, the Woodrow Wilson Center hosted a panel discussion entitled “Iran and Its Neighbors: Regional Implications for U.S. Policy of a Nuclear Agreement” to launch the Center’s eponymous report. The speakers included Ambassador Thomas H. Pickering, Ambassador Frank G. Wisner, former National Intelligence Officer for the Near East and South Asia Paul Pillar, and Director and Senior Fellow at the Center on International Cooperation of New ...

18 Sep
Libya: Parliament Rejects New Cabinet; Diplomats Meet in Madrid to Discuss Libyan Crisis

 Photo Credit: Reuters Libya parliamentary spokesperson Faraj Hashi announced that the new cabinet list, presented by Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni on Wednesday was rejected by the elected parliament. Lawmakers demanded that Thinni resubmit a cabinet list but with no more than 10 ministers. The ...

18 Sep
Iraqi Parliament Rejects Nominations for Interior and Defense Minister

 Photo Credit: AP Iraq's parliament rejected Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's nominations for interior and defense minister on Tuesday. al-Abadi is under internal and external pressure to fill these important posts both quickly and inclusively. The United States wants ...

17 Sep
Wendy Sherman Outlines Goals and Strategies of U.S. Policy in Middle East

 Photo Credit: State Department Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman delivered remarks on U.S. policy in the Middle East at Georgetown university on Tuesday. Her speech was a comprehensive review of the various issues confronting ...

16 Sep
POMED Notes: A Plan for the United States to help defeat ISIS: A conversation with House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon

On Thursday, September 11, the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) hosted Representative Buck McKeon (R-CA), Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, to discuss American strategy for defeating the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). For a full summary, keep reading or click here  for the PDF. Framing action against ISIL as vital to American security interests and those of our regional allies, Rep. McKeon laid out his vision for attacking and ...

16 Sep
POMED Notes: “Social Media and Social Activism”

On Monday, September 15 2014, the Wilson Center and the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs hosted a panel titled “Social Media and Social Activism: The cases of Brazil, Iran, and Mexico”. The panel was moderated by Daniel Calingaert, the executive vice-president of Freedom House; Paolo Sotero, the director of the Brazil Institute at the Wilson Center; Mariam Memarsadeghi, the co-founder and co-director of Tavaana; former vice-president and general counsel of ...

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